Fourteen reasons to shop at the Boulder Farmers' Market

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Juliet Wittman
I have a lot of high-minded reasons for doing almost all my summer shopping at the Boulder Farmers' Market. I worry about climate change, soil erosion, bee die-off, genetically modified foods and the flood of pesticides contaminating soil, sea, air and our bodies. I know small farmers must be supported if we want a reliable food supply because variety, ubiquity and ingenuity produce a robust system while big agriculture is so swollen, profit-hungry and conscienceless it's bound to topple. The food big ag produces barely nourishes. Financial shenanigans I only half understand periodically take staples off the shelves or make them unaffordable -- as when the government decides to utilize its mountains of subsidized corn for fuel instead of food and prices spike; or we flood other countries with corn so cheap it destroys their farmers. Large-scale monocropping means a single pest or virus can decimate acres of field or orchard. Animals are horribly abused and the resultant meat is often contaminated. As for waste and fuel expenditure: We send shrimp to China to be shelled, de-veined and returned to U.S. tables. How sustainable is that?

See also: Director Brian Coppon on the Boulder Farmers' Market

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From Braun to Best New Restaurant: A second helping of Cafe Society, April 7-11

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Danielle Lirette
Croissaffles at Braun Taphaus & Grille.
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed the Bar-On family's latest restaurant venture: Braun Taphaus & Grille, a sports bar with an Austrian accent; meanwhile, Lori Midson reported on the new names -- three names, actually -- that the family will use for the rest of its empire, since the sale of the Udi's gluten-free product division came with the stipulation that all the Udi's restaurants change their names too.

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Bar-On Taphaus & Grille: Can the Baron family give this place a sporting chance?

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The ten best restaurants in the Ballpark neighborhood

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Danielle Lirette
Lower48 Kitchen is the Best New Restaurant in Denver.
Two decades ago, before Coors Field opened, the area just past LoDo was known as "NoDough." But even then, the area had a lot of promise. And over the last year, that promise has finally been realized, with all those turn-of-the-last-century warehouses now filled to bursting with residences and offices, and the Victorian storefronts housing excellent restaurants and innovative businesses. And over the past few months, as construction explodes in LoDo to the southwest and RiNo to the north, the Ballpark neighborhood has seen new buildings open, too, buildings that house cutting-edge enterprises and eateries -- including Denver's Best New Restaurant. As Denver's Best New Restaurant Neighborhood, Ballpark hits it out of the park. Here are ten reasons why:

See also: The twelve best brunch spots in Denver

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The Best Restaurants of Denver and DIA: A second helping of Cafe Society, March 31-April 4

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Danielle Lirette
This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed the Best New Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014: Lower48 Kitchen. Lori Midson talked to Shoni Jones, executive chef at the Best New Restaurant at DIA, Root Down at DIA, about the importance of local restaurants for this week's Chef and Tell. And in the most recent installment of A Federal Case, Mark Antonation visited La Torteria, one of his last stops on Federal Boulevard.

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Root Down at DIA introduces new composting system

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Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport already has a composting program that it started last year as an efficient way to get rid of waste in the terminal. Now it's partnering with one of the DIA restaurants, Root Down, to bring composting to the concourses.

See also: Shoni Jones, exec chef of Root Down at DIA: "Stop supporting major food chains!

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Here are Colorado.com's eleven top culinary adventures in the state

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From wine tours to local restaurants, from a tasting of local brews to a food festival in the mountains, there's no shortage of culinary activities in Colorado to please your palate. On Colorado.com, the Colorado Tourism Office just released a sampling of the best food adventures across the state. Here's the list -- in their words. Let us know which are your favorites, or any that the CTO missed.

See also: The ten best culinary events for April

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Gozo, Guard and Grace open; Emilene's pulls up steaks: Our Restaurant Roll Call for March

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Lori Midson
Gozo finally opened in March -- and was worth the wait.
More than two dozen restaurants opened this month, including the long-awaited Gozo and Troy Guard's stunning Guard and Grace. But the big news was how many longtime spots on the Denver dining scene called it quits -- including longtime steak-mecca Emilene's in Aurora and the Catacombs Bar in the Hotel Boulderado. Keep reading for our Restaurant Roll Call for March.

See also: Burgers, barbecue and a trio of Trader Joe's: Our Restaurant Roll Call for February 2014

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From beers to Best of Denver, a second helping of Cafe Society, March 24-28

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The Best of Denver 2014 is now out, inspiring heated conversations about everything from Best Hamburger to Best Vegetarian Restaurant. Our Best Chef for 2014 is Darrel Truett of Barolo Grill: Even though "Barolo Grill has always been synonymous with owner and front-of-house face Blair Taylor, even he would admit that the talent behind the sublime food at this elegantly rustic sanctum of northern Italian cuisine is sous-turned-superhero chef Darrel Truett." The Best New Restaurant? Lower48 Kitchen. Out of hundreds of openings this year, Lower48 Kitchen stood out, and "turned a forgotten corner of the Ballpark neighborhood into a dining destination."


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Denver tippers are the most generous in the country, survey says

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Courtesy of Quartz and data from Square
If you're a waiter working in Denver, you're doing better than servers in the rest of the country: According to new stats, this city's diners tip an average of 16.8 percent, the highest percentage for any city in the country. And if you're a Denver diner, give yourself a pat on the back.

See also: Five reasons why automatic tips for large dining parties are a good thing

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Ian Kleinman's Inventing Room wins ACF Achievement of Excellence award

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Lori Midson
Ian Kleinman in action.
The Inventing Room, chef Ian Kleinman's company that uses molecular gastronomy to make food as entertaining as it is delicious, won an American Culinary Federation Achievement in Excellence Award at the ACF's Western Regional Conference earlier this month.

See also: The Little Nell and Denver author Adrian Miller nab James Beard Foundation finalist spots


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